What are the goals of treatment for acne vulgaris?

Updated: Dec 03, 2019
  • Author: Sajeev Handa, MBBCh, BAO, LRCSI, LRCPI; Chief Editor: John L Brusch, MD, FACP  more...
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The goals of therapy in acne vulgaris include reduction of comedonal and inflammatory lesions, improvement of psychosocial symptoms, and avoidance of scarring. The duration of therapeutic intervention for acne vulgaris should be at least 8 weeks to assess effectiveness, unless the patient has an allergy or experiences intolerable adverse effects. If the patient shows inadequate improvement after sequential interventions, referral to a dermatologist is recommended. [27]


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